Blue Savannah Erasure
Song Title: Blue Savannah
Date of release: 26th of February 1990
Description: ” Blue Savannah ” is by Erasure, the English synth-pop duo. Erasure, consisting of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke, was formed in London in 1985.
The duo’s first single ” Who Needs Love Like That ” was released on the 2nd of September 1985. It was only moderately successful, reaching number fifty-five on the UK Singles Chart and number eight on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart in the United States.
Lead vocalist, Andy Bell ( Andrew Ivan “ Andy ” Bell ) grew up in Dogsthorpe, which is a residential area in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. It was in 1985 when Andy was selling women’s shoes and performing as a member of groups like Void ( not the American hardcore punk band ), Baume and Dinger, that he saw a newspaper advertisement advertising for a singer. He auditioned and was successful.
Vince Clarke ( Vincent John Martin ) was born in South Woodford, London, the United Kingdom before moving to Basildon, the most significant town in the borough of Basildon in the county of Essex, England.
He began his musical journey by studying violin and then later the piano. After hearing the synth band OMD ( Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark ), he decided to try his hand at electronic music. Vince went on to become one of the primary songwriters for Depeche Mode, Yazoo and The Assembly before forming Erasure.
In the United Kingdom alone, Erasure has had five UK Album Chart Number Ones and fifteen Top ten UK Singles Chart entries. To date, Erasure has written over 200 songs and notched up Worldwide Album sales of over 25 Million.
The song was produced by Gareth Jones, Mark Saunders and Erasure. Gareth is a British music producer and engineer. Apart from his work with Erasure, he has worked with Depeche Mode, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wire and the band Grizzly Bear. He trained at the BBC and is known as a pioneer in the use of digital equipment for music production. An early adopter, Gareth introduced bands like Depeche Mode and Einstürzende Neubauten to sampling.
Mark Saunders is a British record producer and audio engineer. Mark’s career in music began in 1982 as a drummer playing with Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter, Carlene Carter. His interest in production came when they went into the studio to record demos. He finished with Carlene in 1984 and took a job as an assistant at West Side Studios, London.
While there he got experience in music production from Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who produced bands like Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners, Lloyd Cole & the Commotions and Elvis Costello. As an engineer, Mark worked on ” Dancing in the Street “, originally recorded in 1964 by Martha and the Vandellas. It was later covered by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, who took the song to Number One on the UK Singles Chart in 1985.
Mark has worked with artists like Neneh Cherry, The Cure, The Mission, Tricky, Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, Depeche Mode and David Bowie.
” Blue Savannah ” was released on the 26th of February 1990 by record labels Mute Records ( British Independent ) in Europe and Sire Records ( Warner Music Group ) in the United States.
The song was taken as the third single in the United Kingdom and the second in the United States from Wild!, Erasure’s fourth studio Album.
Wild!, released on the 16th of October 1989, is considered by fans to be one of the duo’s best work. In the United States it reached number fifty-seven on the Billboard 200 Chart, and in the United Kingdom, it became their second consecutive UK Albums Chart Number One. Four singles released in the UK entered the UK Singles Chart Top twenty. The album also did well in Germany, where it entered the Top twenty, peaking at number sixteen.
The uplifting love song, built around synthesised programmed piano, is classic Erasure synthpop. One of their signature songs, they still perform it regularly in their concerts.
The accompanying music video was directed by Kevin Godley, the English musician, ex 10cc drummer and music video director. He is best known for is the partnership with Lol Creme, who won critical acclaim during the 70s and 80s with their innovative albums. Kevin, as a music video director, has worked with Wet Wet Wet, Fine Young Cannibals, U2, Paul McCartney, Sting, East 17, Deep Forest and Band-Aid 2, for their 1989 charity single ” Do They Know It’s Christmas? “. The follow up to the 1984 hit spent three weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart and became the Christmas Number One single. Band Aid 2 was the last chart-topper of the 80s and ended the year as the ninth biggest-selling single of 1989.
” Blue Savannah ” was a commercial success for Erasure. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number forty-four on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Singles Chart and spent five weeks on the chart there. It also reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot Dance Music Sales Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 10th of March 1990 and reached a peak of number three. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 159, Canadian Dance/Urban Chart 17, Dutch Singles Chart 48, German Singles Chart 13, Irish Singles Chart 3
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